The Vanishing Trial: An Honest, Personal Conversation
The Sixth Amendment of our Constitution guarantees that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” Yet today we are witnessing a baffling combination of mass incarceration and fewer criminal trials. What is happening to our constitutionally protected right to trial?
“The Vanishing Trial” explains in vivid terms the consequences of the erosion of the Sixth Amendment. Unearthing the direct experiences of people in four different cases, this short documentary spotlights the difficult decisions faced in the pre-trial period and the harsh consequences that can follow.